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Are you always looking for something new to use with your students? I personally love using resources related to seasons, holidays, and themes. I want to help you be prepared whether you are on-site or providing services via teletherapy.  Check out these ten Autumn freebies that I found.
  1. Build a Virtual Scarecrow - Reinforcement Fun by Tech 'n Talk SLPs - This is a great little no print reinforcer for groups or individuals!
  2. Building Fall Sentences by Angie S - Perfect for our students working on basic sentence formulation and increasing MLU.
  3. Fall Word Searches for Articulation by Speech Therapy with Courtney Gragg- If you have students working on /r/ or /l/ or basic Autumn vocabulary, make sure you grab this!
  4. Fall Fun by Mrs. H's Speech Therapy Room- This packet targets multiple meaning words, antonyms, synonyms, and following directions all with an Autumn theme!
  5. Making a Pumpkin Pie Non-Fiction Short Story and Language Activities by Kayla SLP- If your student is working on sequencing, story retell, wh-questions, and vocabulary building, you will not want to miss this freebie!
  6. How many can you name- conversation and oral expression cards by Speech Rocks - This free packet contains 30 different category cards with an Autumn theme. Great way to target carryover articulation, expressive language, pragmatic language, and fluency!
  7. Find it Fast Fall by Speech and Language at Home - What a fun way to target a variety of speech and language goals with this game!  Perfect for mixed groups.
  8. Open-Ended Autumn Articulation Pages by Carien B SLT - This Autumn themed open-ended packet can be used to track articulation, language, and fluency (bumpy vs. smooth).
  9. Fall Festive Adjectives by Lindsey Karol - This is another great freebie that can be used to work on generalization of articulation, use of fluency techniques, and language skills.
  10. Fall Scavenger Hunt Boom Cards by Itty Bitty Speech - This free boom card set helps kids build basic sentences. 
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Do you know of any other amazing Autumn freebies?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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I have always enjoyed 'Talk like a Pirate Day' in speech therapy!  I think I have as much fun as the kids do by pulling out my pirate patch and hook and spending the day pretending I am on a search for treasure!  Check out these ten Pirate freebies that I found.

  1. WH Pirate Questions by Speech Therapy with Courtney Gragg- This packet includes who, what, where, when, why, and how questions all with a pirate theme! I'm excited to use this!
  2. Fun for a Pirate by Activity Tailor- These open ended drill pages are engaging.  You can easily use dice with these pages or a spinner.
  3. Pirate Talk by Nicole Brezel- This free packet includes conversation starters using open-ended questions.  Great for expanding conversation and working on reasoning too!
  4. Pirate Clues Early Inferencing by Peachie Speechie - Provide students a copy of the visual clues page and see if they can determine which pirate themed item is being described.  Great for working on descriptions too.
  5. Talk like a Pirate Speech and Language Activities by Tech N' Talk SLPs- This packet has fun ideas for articulation, language, and fluency.  It also includes a game board!
  6. Articulation Gameboards by Renee Brown SLP- This packet contains articulation game boards for /k/ and /g/ with an electronic spinner.
  7. Pirate Prepositions by The Busy Bee SLP- You will find 16 preposition picture cards with a pirate theme.
  8. Synonym Boom Cards by GoldieTalks Speech- This interactive boom card freebie has an animal pirate theme and provides the main word and a field of three options to find the synonym
  9. Argh! Where's my Treasure Articulation Activitiy by Mrs. Paulk's Products - This freebie provides multiple descriptions for students to figure out what /r/ word is being described.  Students then move across a game board.
  10. Penny's Treasure Hunt Digital Game for /v/ by The Cincy Speechie- This cute treasure hunt digital game features initial /v/.  

Looking for more FREE ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Five Freebies: Talk Like A Pirate Day -Who doesn't love free?!
Talk like a Pirate Day in Speech by Speech Therapy Plans- Check out these cute ideas to incorporate into speech!

What resources or activities will you be engaging in for Talk like a Pirate Day?  I would love for you to share ideas in the comments below.

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I am currently going on my fourth year as a Speech-Language Pathologist providing services via teletherapy. In all that time, I have played around a little with changing my background scene using the Zoom platform.  I didn't attempt my hand at using the Green Screen features on Zoom until the Covid-19 pandemic hit. To say that I was a Green Screen Hot Mess is being very generous to myself.

There are some of us out there that are amazing and creative in making the green screen work for them.  If you are one of them, I salute you! I, too, wanted to join the green screen SLP community and have an additional tool in my SLP toolkit to help my students succeed. Serena and Kylie from PlaySpark Toys helped me. They provided me with their introductory kit and some of their extra felt piece sets to review; however, the opinions in this post are all mine.

PlaySpark Toys is a small business developed by a Speech-Language Pathologist, Serena, and an Occupational Therapist, Kylie, who were both seeing great success with their clients using green screen technology when the pandemic hit and services changed into using a distance learning model.  They started sharing tips and lesson plan ideas on Facebook and saw a need from colleagues that were struggling to get their green screen technology to work and look so seamless.

WHAT DOES PLAYSPARK TOYS CURRENTLY OFFER?
  • Green Screen Distance Learning Kit - This introductory kit includes a 6 x 6 ft Felt Green Screen, easy to use hardware hit to get your screen up, two green sticks (to incorporate floating images), adhesive green felt pocket ( it becomes invisible), magnifying glass, six large felt food items, and a tote bag (for easy storage). 
  •  Additional Felt Pockets
  •  Additional Felt Foods
  •  Farm Animal Felt Set
  •  Clothing Felt Set
  •  Ice Cream Felt Set
  •  Build a Face Felt Set
  •  Vehicles Felt Set
PlaySpark also includes background scenes to use with these felt sets for free on their website and in their Teachers Pay Teachers store.  If you do not want to buy the already created felt set but would prefer to print out and create your own, you can also purchase the visuals to do so on their website.  The heading says "currently" because I have a feeling that these creative ladies will continue to expand their felt sets to save the rest of us time as they share additional ideas for lessons to make green screen magic! I look forward to seeing what else they create.

Feed the Cat- NOT a Fruit Negation Activity with Food Set
WHAT SPEECH-LANGUAGE GOALS CAN BE TARGETED USING A GREEN SCREEN?
  • Matching
  • Receptive Identification by name and/or Semantic Features
  • Vocal Play (Farm animal sounds)
  • Expressive Vocabulary Building and Labeling
  • Expressive Description Building Skills
  • Verbs, Pronouns, Prepositional phrases
  • Sentence Expansion
  • Asking and Answering Wh-Questions
  • Reduction in Phonological Processing Errors (target velars, final consonant deletion, stops, consonant clusters, etc..)
  • Build Social Skills (requesting, feelings/emotions, understanding facial expressions)
  • Sequencing Skills
  • Narrative Building Skills 
  • Using Fluency Shaping and Stuttering Modification Techniques
The only thing that limits the use of a green screen is your own creativity and imagination. So the sky is the limit!

WHY DO I LOVE THESE PRODUCTS?
When the green screen craze started, I ran off to the Dollar Store, Walmart, and Target in search of green screen compatible resources to create a green screen and all of the green screen magic. My greens did not match and I did some damage to my walls (too many holes and paint peeling, shhh... don't tell the Hub). To sum it up, I failed miserably and spent more than I care to admit.

Their Green Screen Distance Learning Kit saved me!  It is so easy to put up and since it is all felt, I did not need to put additional holes in my wall! In fact, the green screen now "hides" the damage that I inflicted.  I also appreciate that everything is already prepped and ready for me to go!  I do not have to create my own felt pockets to create the illusion that items disappear and reappear.  I do not have to purchase a magnifying glass and then spend that time cutting to cover it nor do I need to paint sticks to have items float.  They already did that for me!  Their felt sets also save me time since they have a variety of kits that are commonly used for early vocabularies such as facial features (body parts), foods, farm animals, and vehicles.

Mrs. Potato - Body Parts/Facial Expressions Felt Set Activity
As a Speech-Language Pathologist that has been in the field for a while, I appreciate that it was so easy to set it up and start right away targeting such a wide variety of goals! I also appreciate that the creators behind PlaySpark Toys are both in allied health fields and understand our students' needs since they are also working with students.

Customer service is another reason why I love this new company and the resources that they create!  They are extremely helpful and willing to help with trouble-shooting and share tips and lesson ideas in their various social networking platforms. I think that extra effort to help everyone become a Green Screen Queen is tremendously helpful for both new Speech-Language Pathologists and those of us who have been in the field for some time and may not be as technology savvy.

WHAT SUGGESTIONS DO I HAVE FOR IMPROVEMENT?
The one thing I noticed is that on some of the felt sets, they did not remain up on my felt screen for a long time.  This was a quick and easy fix by adding a small Velcro circle to those pieces that did not want to remain on the screen. It would be helpful if a few little Velcro pieces could be added to the kits for those few felt pieces that want to be difficult.

To be honest, that was the only helpful suggestion that I could think of for improvement.  This is a young company (only a few months old); however, they are sharing their knowledge via social media platforms, make time to answer questions and help troubleshoot, provide free backgrounds and ideas, offer pre-made felt sets and/or visuals that you can purchase separately to create your own props, and they save the rest of us so much time for a fraction of what we might be paying trying to recreate it on our own.

My only other feedback here is to keep it up, ladies!  The work you are doing to help the rest of us that are Green Screen Hot Messes to become Full Fledged Green Screen Queens is greatly appreciated! I look forward to seeing what future sets you may create and therapy ideas you share.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:
I really appreciate the resources and support provided by PlaySpark Toys.  With just a few hooks, I can easily put up and take down my green screen with ease and do not have to worry about making additional holes in my wall.  I am pretty sure my Hub appreciates this too since I do not need to borrow his height to set up my green screen or take it down over and over (ie. "Please, can you hold this side up so that I can put the pushpin in again. Oh, wait!  No, it is not over far enough. Got it!  Wait.. that side is far too low and does not cover part of the wall that I need to be covered").  My 10-year-old daughter has also enjoyed playing with the green screen and her imagination has sparked mine too and has led to additional smiles and giggles between us as we played.

The Green Screen Distance Learning Kit retails for $45.00 at PlaySpark Toys.  They also offer additional accessories and felt sets at a retail range of $5.00-$20.00. I will definitely be looking into the additional felt sets as they continue to grow!

LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION AND ADDITIONAL TIPS TO BE A GREEN SCREEN QUEEN?
You can get additional ideas on ways to use their resources and expand your own imagination in the Green Screen Speech Therapy Facebook Group and on their PlaySpark Toys Youtube Channel.

How do you think you would use this product?  Tell me in the comments below if you have PlaySpark Toy's Green Screen Distance Learning Kit or if you have used their tips to successfully create your own. How are you using a green screen for speech therapy?  Do you have any favorite therapy ideas?

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We are about to start a new school year and so much is still unknown for so many of us. I want to help you be prepared whether you are on-site or providing services via teletherapy.  Check out these ten Back to School freebies that I found.

  1. Back to School Ice Breakers and Activities by Speech Me Maybe- This great freebie includes ice breakers, session reminders, and goal setting pages.
  2. Getting to Know You Worksheets by Fun in Speech- Check out these free All About Me worksheets and ice breakers! 
  3. Back to School Editable Letter to Parents by Stacy Crouse- Free editable No Print and black and white letter to send home.
  4. Back to School Jokes by Sparklle SLP - This packet contains 39 different back to school jokes!  Perfect for practicing fluency techniques, articulation carryover, and building vocabulary.
  5. Back to School Irregular and Regular Verbs by Speech2U- This packet has wonderful suggestions on different ways to teach the skill and to help students generalize with real-life experiences.
  6. Back to School Inferencing by The Speech Owl- This free packet contains 16 different descriptions for items and locations found in a school.
  7. WH-Questions Back to School by Lindsey Karol- Check out this packet focusing on who, what, and where all related to a school theme.
  8. No Print Prepositions Back to School by Speech Serenade- This interactive no print freebie includes a field of three choices to complete a sentence using the appropriate preposition related to a provided picture.
  9. Covid-19 Social Narrative by Autism Little Learnings - This freebie was created during last school year.  However, it still covers so much great information to help our kids understand what Covid-19 is and how they can help keep themselves and others safe.
  10. Hand Washing Skills Boom Cards by PlayLearnTalk- This free boom card set helps kids sequence the steps required for washing hands thoroughly.
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Do you know of any other amazing Back to School freebies?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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Do you know yet if you will be returning to your school site, providing services within a hybrid model, or following a distance learning model?  Check out the round-up of posts below to help you start the school year successfully no matter what model your school site(s) will be implementing!

SELF-CARE
So much is still unknown for many of us and the new school year continues to creep closer and closer leaving me wondering, what happened to our summer break this year? Hopefully, you engaged in self-care during the break. Right now it seems that self-care is more important than ever before!  If you are looking for some fresh ideas for self-care at home and work, I have you covered!

ORGANIZATION
Although 2020 has had me spinning in circles, I am typically a Low-Key Type A SLP and I get myself organized during the summer months.  Last year, I provided tips on how I get organized and provided suggestions for motivation and freebies to help you get organized too! You can check out my suggestions and grab freebies for other Low-Key Type A SLPs here!

Do you have a system in place to keep you organized for RTI, screenings, evaluations, and therapy documentation? It took me several years to get my system in place.  In this blog post, I shared my organizational system and the forms. 

THERAPY IDEAS & LESSON PLANS

  • Literacy-Based Therapy: Literacy-based therapy is a wonderful way to address articulation, apraxia, phonology, language, social skills, and fluency skills!  It takes a little planning before your session but it is totally doable and is perfect for mixed groups. You can use literacy-based lessons in person or via remote learning. Check out these ideas and the lesson plan template that I use.
  • Best Resources for Student Engagement: These tools are super useful in teletherapy! However, you could also incorporate a few of them into the rotation if you are utilizing speech and language stations at your school site. 
  • Build Speech & Language Skills Using Virtual Field Trips: You can target so many goals by taking your students on a virtual field trip. I mention seven different goals in this post and the different types of field trips that will help to target them!  If you happen to be returning to your school site, you can still use virtual field trips if you have a tablet or computer access. 
  • 10 Free Digital Resources: Check out these 10 Boom Card/No Print freebies I found. They are not seasonal or holiday-themed so they can be used at any time including during back to school return!
  • Autumn Lesson Plans: I typically plan out my therapy resources by goal and season.  This post shares therapy resources that my students have enjoyed over the years and my Autumn Lesson Plans and Templates.
I hope these posts sharing self-care tips, organizational tools, and therapy ideas help you to best prepare during these uncertain times for the 2020-2021 school year!  If you have additional tips, please share in the comments below.  

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In an effort to try to keep student learning on track during this new normal, I went searching for some fun summer freebies!  Check out these ten Summer themed freebies I found that can easily be adapted for teletherapy or sent home for practice if needed!

  1. Grab my S'more Fun Open-Ended Games -S'mores!  Sweet S'more, Smelly S'more, Spicy S'more, and Strawberry S'more! This open-ended game is a recipe for fun!
  2. Articulation Summer Calendar by Schoolhouse Talk- These Articulation Calendars can be used year after year!  Make sure to also grab her free Language Calendars too!  Amazing!
  3. Summer Speech and Language by Natalie Snyders - Great ideas to share with families to practice speech and language at home.
  4. Summer Speech and Language Mini Bundle by Short and Sweet Speech - This packet is full of speech and language activities!
  5. No Print Expanding Sentences by Language Speech and Literacy - A great No Print of real pictures to target who/what/where and pronouns!
  6. Cooking Up Articulation (L and N) by Power Speech and Language- Super cute BOOM Cards activity! Easy to target articulation and language.
  7. Summer Speech and Language Activities Newsletter by The Speech Meadow - Love this newsletter filled with ideas for families!
  8. No Print Open-Ended Water Fight by Speech Therapy Plans- This freebie is a great open-ended game to use in teletherapy.
  9. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt by KaylaSLP - A great way to get a family out together while targeting speech and language!
  10. Speech and Language Digital Spinners by Fun in Speech- Great for teletherapy or for families practicing at home!
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Check out these ideas to avoid the Summer Slide in Speech -  Ideas to share with Families!
Fab Five Freebies Summer by The Digital SLP - Woohoo!  More freebies!

Do you know of any other amazing Summer activities or ideas that we can share with parents?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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Are you ready for Summer?  Will you be providing services via extended school year, year round schools, or private therapy?  Truthfully, I am not yet sure if I will be providing services or take a long summer break. This last quarter for school has been exhausting between homeschooling my child and providing services. Check out my go-to resources in the past for summer sessions.

ARTICULATION RESOURCES FOR SUMMER:
Summer Articulation Mazes
My SUMMER ARTICULATION MYSTERY PICTURES and my SUMMER ARTICULATION MAZES both target articulation and help students with their fine motor skills (pencil grip, manipulation, writing pressure, etc..)

FLUENCY RESOURCE FOR SUMMER:
My NO PRINT FLUENCY TASKS: SUMMER resource targets goals for identifying facts vs. myths about stuttering, identifying bumpy vs. smooth speech, identify/explain/demonstrate different disfluent speech patterns and fluency shaping techniques and stuttering modification techniques, using techniques and strategies at all levels (word, phrase, sentence, spontaneous speech), and response to social situations.  I use the sentence and spontaneous speech level tasks with my students working on language and articulation carryover too!

LANGUAGE RESOURCES FOR SUMMER:
LANGUAGE BUILDER: SUMMER is a comprehensive packet covering so many different language needs! My language builder packs target basic vocabulary building, answering and asking questions, using inference skills, recalling sentences and details, describing, sentence building, and narrative building skills with barrier games!

Language Builder: Summer
NO PRINT LANGUAGE TASKS: SUMMER uses colorful graphics and real pictures to target receptive identification in a field of three, answering yes/no and wh-questions, describing, inference, compare/contrast, and narrative building skills.

PHONOLOGY RESOURCE FOR SUMMER:
NO PRINT PHONOLOGY TASKS: SUMMER is a comprehensive no print resource that covers a variety of phonological processing errors using auditory bombardment list, auditory discrimination with minimal pairs, rhyming task, wh-questions, and creating a winter scene! This resource covers the following phonological processing error patterns: Voicing, Final Consonant Deletion, Fronting, Initial Consonant Deletion, Backing, Stopping, Denasalization, Consonant Cluster Reduction and Gliding.

RESOURCES for MIXED GROUPS DURING SUMMER:
Find Articulation & Follow Directions: Summer
FIND ARTICULATION and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: SUMMER is perfect for working with students with articulation, language, and fluency goals. This resource has hidden articulation words scattered around the picture that students look for using a magnifying glass. It also has 2-step temporal following directions, and lists of wh-questions for each picture scene.  Other suggestions on how you can use the pictured scenes to cover other goals are included.

OPEN-ENDED GAMES GALORE!  I love using open-ended games to pull mixed groups together.  It also helps keep some students motivated.  I consider that a WIN-WIN! I have several great summer themed open-ended games packs, such as SUMMER, TRAVEL, CAMP COMMUNICATE, and my S'MORE FUN FREEBIE.

SPEECH and LANGUAGE BEACH BALLS: These fun crafts make practice enjoyable at home to practice their speech and language skills. I have flowers to target articulation, apraxia, phonology, and language.  My kids have always loved making these.

Are you planning to have a Social Communication Club?  If so, you may want to check out my SUMMER CONVERSATIONAL EXCHANGE resource to help students plan and track conversations.

You can see some of my favorite books to use during this season for literacy-based therapy too on my lesson plan. You can grab a copy of my Summer Lesson Plans by completing the information below!


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